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Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park

Surat Thani Province, Thailand

The Basics

Established in 1980, Khao Sok National Park contains mountains, a lake, waterfalls, and endless opportunities for outdoor adventures. Hike through the jungle, take a speed boat ride, or spend some time kayaking or canoeing. Cheow Lan Lake, in the heart of the park, is a major draw; surrounded by jagged limestone cliffs and jungle, it offers raft houses and luxury tents for visitors who want to spend the night in the park.

The park offers a variety of full-day or multi-day excursions. Park tours typically depart from the city of Surat Thani or the small village of Khao Sok. Day trips tend to combine a short hike with a ride on both a speedboat and traditional wooden raft.

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Full-Day Tour to Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park from Krabi
Full-Day Tour to Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park from Krabi
star-4.5
$106.39 per adult
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The tour is very well organized and...
The tour is very well organized and Cheow Lan Lake offers awesome views... transfer was very good it was just the two of us because only we were in Krabi, the food was tasty and the camping offered fun activities.
marco, Aug 2018

Recent reviews from experiences in Southern Thailand and Andaman Coast

star-5
So amazing!
karinalmstedt, Jan 2020
One Day Tour Khao Sok Jungle Safari from Krabi
It was such a great day! A hole day on the beautiful lake; visiting Coral Cave, walking a bit in the rain forrest, had lunch on floating restaurant. Everything was well organiserad! Small group with total 6 persons and the guide. Just perfect! We were all by ourself in the cave.
star-5
Perfect Day!!!
Kelly C, Dec 2019
Small-Group Full-Day Khao Sok Nature Tour From Khao Lak
We had such an amazing experience with Nueng, our tour guide. He was so great with all of us including our children 5 &10. He took us through such a beautiful hike in the jungle and was very knowledgable about all the wildlife. He was patient and accomodating. The rafting was AWESOME! And our visit to the Monkey Temple was a huge hit for our kids. Would do this again in a heartbeat!
star-4
Most beautiful place, but too long in one spot
Susanna U, Jan 2019
Full-Day Tour to Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park from Krabi
Our tour guide was incredible, and the trip said "no more than 12 people," which there was more than 12 on our boat... but overall it was a good tour. That said, we spent a LOT of time in one place, when I think that a couple of hours would have been fine. Also, I would have liked to skip the cave at the end to save a little time. I'd say you get a lot for the money, but be prepared to spend hours in one place and if coming from Krabi, two hours in the car each way.
star-5
Our driver was Rudy, and he was very...
Simon L, Dec 2017
Full-Day Tour to Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park from Krabi
Our driver was Rudy, and he was very nice and hospitable! He stopped by a 7-11 on the way for us to grab a quick bite to eat and offered us bananas. Furek was our guide and he was also very hospitable and knowledgeable about the park. This was one of my favorite tours in Thailand. Highly recommend!
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I recently took this tour from Krabi...
wehttamuk, Jul 2018
Full-Day Tour to Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park from Krabi
I recently took this tour from Krabi Town and despite some awful weather, still found it a really good tour. We started the day with an early pick up and our driver Rudy drove us to Khao Sok National Park, stopping once along the way for a snack/toilet break. Once we arrived at Cheow Lan Lake we boarded a longtail boat with 9 other people, who were staying closer to the park, making 11 of us in total. The boat trip took us for about 45mins along the lake, through some stunning scenery. Sadly we had some of the heaviest rain Ive ever seen, but for us this made it all a little bit more fun! After viewing some interesting rock formations we were taken to a nearby floating restaurant/activity centre, where you could choose to Kayak just pay a deposit, swim in the lake or just relax. As the rain was still terrible, most of us opted to relax until our lunch was served. The lunch was very good and they catered for the four vegetarians in our group. The meal was green curry, rice, vegetables, omelette and Fish for the meat eaters After lunch those of us who had paid for the jungle hike included in the price of this tour were taken back out on the boat to a different part of the lake. From there our guide took us on a hike through the jungle. At this point the rain was horrendous, the tracks were more like small streams and very muddy. That being said, we spotted a tarantula and some Horned lizards Along the way. After about 45mins of hiking we arrived at another lake. Here we took a motorised bamboo raft out to a cave. Here we left the raft and were tuided through a cave with headlamps. Our guide was very good at showing us stalactites and stalagmites, as well as some large huntsmen spiders, bats and cave crickets. There was also a small monkey hanging around near the entrance to the cave. The route back was even wetter we didnt realise this was possible. Despite spending hours in incredibly heavy rainfall, the trip was very good and the guides/drivers excellent too. I would definitely recommend this trip, as the park and lakes are stunning

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bring your bathing suit and a towel if you want to swim in the lake; many tours include an opportunity to spend time in the water.

  • You’ll want sturdy shoes and insect repellant to hike through the rainforest.

  • There are a couple of accommodation options and a restaurant inside the park but very little else. In the village outside the park, you’ll find ATMs, shops, and lots of hostels and hotels.

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How to Get There

The closest airport to Khao Sok National Park is Surat Thani, which is a 1.5-hour drive from the park. Flights from Bangkok arrive daily. You can also reach the park from Phuket airport by bus; the drive takes approximately 4 hours.

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When to Get There

Unless you’re staying overnight or participating in a night tour, access to the park is generally restricted to daylight hours. Visit in winter and spring for the best weather; the area is particularly humid and rainy from June through November.

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Exploring the Town of Surat Thani

The small city of Surat Thani primarily serves as a gateway to Khao Sok National Park, but it also boasts its own attractions. On your way to (or from) the park, stop to enjoy the Surat Thani Night Market, where vendors cram the streets with stalls selling Thai street food; the Surat Thani Pillar Shrine, which was built in traditional Lanna style; and the uninhabited island of Koh Lamphu, which sits in the Tapi River.

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